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Birth & Death Certificates

Birth Certificate:
Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) can issue birth certificates for anyone born in the state of Ohio from 1908 to the present. Certified birth certificates are $25 each.

Death Certificate:
Certified death certificates are available for $25 for those who passed away in Lorain County. We do not have state-wide issuance.

As of October 15, 2015 for the first five years after the date of death, the social security number of the deceased will not be included on the death certificate unless the requestor is

  • The deceased’s spouse or lineal descendent
  • The deceased’s executor, attorney, or legal agent
  • A representative of an investigative government agency
  • A private investigator
  • A funeral director or agent responsible for disposition of the body acting on behalf of the deceased’s family
  • A veteran’s service officer
  • An accredited member of the media


Ways to obtain certified birth or death certificates:


 In person at LCPH from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:
 9880 South Murray Ridge Road
 Elyria, Ohio 44035


We accept cash, check, money order, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa®. 


MailboxMail application, check or money order, and self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Lorain County Public Health
9880 South Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035


Download Application

LCPH is not responsible for lost or returned mail.  


Person typing on computerTo order birth or death certificates through VitalChek, click here or call 888-290-0228



An additional fee is charged by VitalChek, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and Visa®.